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Horse & Hound

Horse & Hound 12-Dec-2019

Published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd Every week Horse & Hound brings horse lovers up-to-date with the latest news and event reports and provides expert equestrian advice on subjects including training and horse care, the latest equine products and feed. The weekly features inform and entertain inspiring readers to go out and ride to improve their horsemanship in every discipline from eventing to show jumping, dressage to showing, polo and hunting. It is also the must read for anyone wanting to buy or sell a horse.

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I MAY have been slightly tired the day after the Horse & Hound Awards. That would be why I nearly cried telling my husband the story of Smurf — pony of the year (report, p37). “And now he’s blind…” I sniffed. “But he still goes and hangs out with people who just benefit from having him around, like in care homes.” Smurf is the poster boy for why we all need horses, why horses should be subsidised, on prescription, even. Not everyone can relate to a rider’s euphoria at winning Badminton, but surely everyone can feel something when they hear what Smurf does? Similarly, the club of the year, Royal Artillery EC Thorney Island, uses horses and riding to help veterans, including those suffering PTSD. And they really, really make a…

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celebrating the best

THE worthy winners of the fourth Horse & Hound Awards have been announced. In the awards’ biggest year to date, the results of the public vote were revealed at Cheltenham Racecourse on 4 December. The winners included course-designer Bob Ellis and 2019 Badminton and Burghley horse trials winners Piggy French and Pippa Funnell respectively, as well as a blind Shetland called Smurf. H&H editor-in-chief Sarah Jenkins said: “As well as a record number of nominations, more that 23,000 people voted for their heroes in one week. “It’s wonderful to see how much public support there is for these individuals, groups and horses who put so much into our sports.” Share your news story Call 01252 555021 Email eleanor.jones@ti-media.com @ eleanor_jones_ Pictures by Peter Nixon,, Tony Marshall and Graham Denholm…

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endurance vets confronted after eliminating horses

THE FEI is considering the results of a survey after 98% of endurance vets said they had been confronted in competition after eliminating a horse for lameness. Endurance vet Monica Mira conducted the research to assess whether colleagues would benefit from gait analysis technology to protect them from pressure from competitors and their associates. It is also thought the technology could help overcome the difficulty of evaluating lameness in competitions. Of the 157 experienced vets surveyed, 71.3% said they would welcome the move. More than half (57.3%) said they found lameness a challenge to diagnose at events, with 94.3% saying handlers’ failure to trot horses up properly was part of the problem. “The findings suggest technology to objectively detect and quantify gait abnormalities during endurance competitions would be beneficial to support decisions made by [vets]…

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saudi arabia to hold first top equestrian finals

SAUDI ARABIA is the first Middle Eastern country to host a premier global equestrian championship, as Riyadh is to stage the World Cup showjumping and dressage finals in 2024. It will be organised on the Saudi equestrian federation’s behalf by the UK’s HPower group, in a new indoor exhibition centre in the heart of the capital city. To stage dressage for the first time at any level represents a major departure for a country whose main participation and experience in organisation extends to FEI showjumping and endurance only; Saudi’s bid to stage the full World Equestrian Games in 2022 was declined. An HPower spokesman told H&H: “It is an excellent, state-of-the-art facility. Its main hall is 14,644 square metres, which will house the main arena easily. There are a further three halls for…

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russian riders to compete as neutrals

RUSSIAN riders will not be allowed to compete under their nation’s flag at Tokyo 2020 as a result of a ban from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Russia has been banned for four years from competing in Olympics, Paralympics, Youth Olympics, World Championships and “any other event organised by a major event organisation”. The unanimous decision by WADA’s executive committee was announced on Monday (9 December) and concerns the Russian doping scandal. Russia can choose to dispute the decision within 21 days, so it will be referred to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, or it can accept it and the sanctions that go with it. An FEI spokesman said it is “not in a position to speculate” on the impact on international equestrian competitions. Russia has a dressage team spot, two individual eventing…

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horses in the news

WINX The Australian racing superstar is expecting her first foal next year. The eight-year-old, formerly trained by Chris Waller, retired in April after winning 37 of her 43 starts and is in foal to top sire I Am Invincible. HOUBLON DES OBEAUX The veteran chaser died on Saturday, 7 December aged 12 after suffering a heart attack racing at Sandown. Trained by Venetia Williams and owned by Julian Blackwell and Angus Maclay, he won 11 of 65 starts. MURTHWAITE WINDRUSH Jenny Crane’s Fell stallion has died aged 18. “Windy”, who was ridden for most of his career by Steph Peto, was the first grey of his breed to qualify for HOYS. He won his open ridden final there and was reserve champion.…